MVCS Changes of Command

On Thursday, April 24, 2014, NATCAP Wing Commander Col. Bruce Heinlein presided over the change of command of Mount Vernon Composite Squadron.  1st Lt. Kevin Geiss relinquished command and Lt. Col. Lou Volchansky assumed command.  In his remarks, Col. Heinlein praised the accomplishments of MVCS under the command of 1st Lt. Geiss and thanked him and his family for their service and sacrifice for the benefit of the squadron’s volunteers.  1st Lt. Geiss’s son, C/SMSgt Benjamin Geiss, has been active in the MVCS cadet program, making CAP a family affair.

1st Lt. Geiss served as the squadron’s Public Affairs Officer prior to assuming command.  He also holds Public Information Officer, Mission Observer, Mission Scanner, Mission Staff Assistant, and Liaison Officer qualifications.  A Department of Defense civil servant at the Senior Executive Service level, he finishes his duties as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Energy and moves on with his family to a new civil service posting in Ohio.

Lt. Col. Volchansky, a civil servant with the Federal Aviation Administration, first became affiliated with CAP as a cadet with the Monticello Composite Squadron.  A retired U.S. Air Force pilot and Certified Flight Instructor, he has been serving as the MVCS Safety Officer.

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Lt. Col. Lou Volchansky receives the guidon from Col. Bruce Heinlein. Photo by 2d Lt. Mark Patrick.
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1st Lt. Kevin Geiss passes the guidon to Col. Bruce Heinlein. Photo by 2d Lt. Mark Patrick.

 

Later in the evening, Lt. Col. Volchansky presided over the cadet change of command.  C/Lt. Col. Joseph Frech relinquished command, and C/Capt. Nicholas Johnson assumed command.

C/Lt. Col. Frech plans to attend Old Dominion University and will participate in the U.S. Marine Corps’ Platoon Leader Class, one of the paths to becoming a Marine Corps officer.  C/Lt. Col. Frech’s father, Capt. Joe Frech, commands the Challenger 1 Cadet Squadron.  Both of C/Capt. Johnson’s siblings are MVCS cadets and both his parents are senior members.

C/Lt. Col. Joseph Frech relinquishes command by passing the guidon to Lt. Col. Lou Volchansky.  Photo by 2d Lt. Mark Patrick.
C/Lt. Col. Joseph Frech relinquishes command by passing the guidon to Lt. Col. Lou Volchansky. Photo by 2d Lt. Mark Patrick.
C/Capt. Nicholas Johnson assumes command, taking the guidon from Lt. Col. Lou Volchansky.  Photo by 2d Lt. Mark Patrick.
C/Capt. Nicholas Johnson assumes command, taking the guidon from Lt. Col. Lou Volchansky. Photo by 2d Lt. Mark Patrick.